Grateful Dead Live at Hollywood Bowl on 1972-06-17
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Promised Land, Sugaree, Black Throated Wind, Tennessee Jed, Me & My Uncle, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Playin' In The Band, Loser, Beat It On Down The Line, Stella Blue, El Paso, Casey Jones
Big Railroad Blues, Jack Straw, Cumberland Blues, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Ramble On Rose, Rockin' Pneumonia, Sugar Magnolia, You Win Again, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away
Pigpen's last show
-- Tracked by set, not by disc
-- Recorded By Dave and Jim Melton in Box 52
-- This is the complete show with the correct setlist
-- The tape starts off with Pigpen talking to the crowd
-- There is some minor vocal distortion but nothing too bad
-- Patch in The Other One due to severe level drop on master
-- I have also transferred and circulated the opening NRPS set
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction
- Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/48k) ->Adobe Audition v3 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC/16
- Hollywood, CA
- Run time
- Taped by
- Dave and Jim Melton
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Hollywood Bowl
Subject: just another couiple of small footnotes
Also, Pigpen and Kieth both played, one or the other prominent at different times. My personal favorite show of the Dead I ever saw. Mailed the Bowl ticket office and requested box 52, and to my amazement they gave it to me! 7.50 times 4, those were the days!
Subject: LOVE IT!!!
Subject: stella blue
Subject: "watch out for the wires!"
The recording is perfectly balanced between audience and music. Other than the goofball shouting "St. Stephen" over and over again between songs, the overall vibe is truly positive -- how lucky that audience was! It must have been a real nice day. There's plenty of ecstatic shouting and a minimum of "did you remember to feed the cat?" nonsense intruding onto the tape.
Highlights from the first set are the Playin, the Stella Blue and (I can't believe I'm saying this) the Casey Jones. The last two songs are greatly enhanced by Pig's excellent organ work (the Stella Blue, especially).
The second set is short but sweet, opening with a great version of Truckin' (that's where Weir warns someone to "watch out for the wires") which again features Pig's keyboard, nice and high in the mix. The Other One has some extended meltdown but also (as usual) some brief, beautiful ventures into Dark Star territory (always a good thing in 1972!). The version of Ramble On Rose is righteous.
During OMSN Weir tells security "hey, leave him alone" so there must have been some scuffling (probably folks rushing the stage). Maybe that's why the band decides to hang it up a bit early. Their call, after all. It's not as if they hadn't already delivered the goods.
Subject: I was there!
Ir was like the sea had parted.
Great show, Pigpen played the entire time, Keith wasn't there at all.
Nice to hear a good edited recording, last time I listened it was horrible.
Subject: Phil, not Pigpen, at start
As for the question about the group of people yelling to Weir about the hat, they had thrown a hat on stage, and it was lying a few feet away from him. It took 3 songs for them (a group in a box to my left) to get him to pick it up. He put it on for them for a minute, probably so they could take pictures and what not. Someone also threw a lit joint up there, and that's when you hear Garcia say "help prevent forest fires" as it was stepped on. I used to have pictures of all that but they were unfortunately lost.
Subject: What a Treat
This is one helluva upgrade for this show. I really like the Other One.
Subject: worth waiting for
Yes Keith is playing, he started on their 71' fall tour which was broadcasted live on the radio. Pig was there I hear but did not play.
Subject: I may be wrong but....
And I may need to listen again but I hear Phil and Bob speaking in the beginning...no Pig though.
Beyond that. I've always loved this show and I'm starting to take a liking to the better audience recordings from teh 70s..they just give more of the feel of the show despite the sound not being quite as perfect.
Subject: We are blessed ...............
I'll put my cards on the table and admit that I'm an 'SBS' (sound-board snob) with only occasional leanings towards those 'matrix' things. I normally stay well away from the dark side of recordings coming solely out of the audience 'environment'. But I checked this out as a matter of respect to 'The Great Man' and I wasn't let down.
It's a very 'easy to listen to' show - no horrors lurking in the background. OK, you know the era and so you know the songs and the style so I won't bore you with my interpretations.
The only thing I will say is that the first ('live') "Stella Blue" has added poignancy coinciding with ( the keyboards - who said he couldn't play? and) Blue Ron's last appearance.
The end of an era.
Thanks to all concerned - the band and those who recorded the show for posterity.
The only issue is how to fit it onto 1/2/3/4 CDs - sorry, I'm a bit of a 'Luddite' - not into mp3 players, DVDs and 'jukebox' CDs, etc., The answer, I suppose, being do all 2/3/4 and see which you prefer ......
5 Stars out of respect and, after all, it's not bad to listen to ........
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